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8:45 AM ET, April 28, 2008


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Marc Andreessen /
If Microsoft goes fully hostile on Yahoo  —  We have seen extensive press coverage of Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo over the last few months, including notably excellent coverage from Silicon Alley Insider and the Wall Street Journal.  However, I have not seen a detailed analysis …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will The Microsoft Hammer Fall This Week? … That three week deadline expired on Saturday.  So what happens next?  —  Citigroup's Mark Mahaney says in an April 25 report there is a 45% chance of a merger at a price somewhat higher than the initial bid, a 40% chance that Microsoft will go hostile …
Discussion: WebProNews
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Confronts Tough Choice on Yahoo  —  Steve Ballmer is facing one of the biggest decisions of his career: Walk away from Microsoft Corp.'s $42.7 billion acquisition offer for Yahoo Inc. or launch the largest hostile takeover battle in tech-industry history.
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Google Prototype for a Precision Image Search  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google researchers say they have a software technology intended to do for digital images on the Web what the company's original PageRank software did for searches of Web pages.  —  On Thursday at the International World Wide Web Conference …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Experiments With Next Generation Image Search  —  Two Google scientists presented a paper (pdf embedded below) at the World Wide Web Conference in Beijing last week that outlines their vision for the future of image search.  —  Notably, the new image search technology …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
When Young Teachers Go Wild on the Web  —  Public Profiles Raise Questions of Propriety and Privacy  —  It's almost like Googling someone: Log on to Facebook.  Join the Washington, D.C., network.  Search the Web site for your favorite school system.  And then watch the public profiles …
Beautiful to use: Nokia unveils three new handsets that merge modern functionality with classic and sophisticated looks  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today unveiled a trio of mobile devices that balance stunning and sophisticated looks with the latest in mobile functionality.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Says Yes With Mesh  —  Back in the good old days, big software companies did big things.  Little companies tiptoed around in the shadow of the platform makers, gaining enough speed to liftoff and attract enough attention to survive long enough to be acquired.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's first quarter on target; Wireless shines  —  Verizon ended the first quarter with 67.2 million wireless subscribers and 1.8 million FiOS Internet and TV customers.  —  Verizon's first quarter earnings (statement), delivered Monday, were solid across the board and met Wall Street estimates.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Sarah Lacy:
Twitter Raises $20 M?  That's News, Why?  —  Twitter has raised between $15 m and $20 m according to Cnet.  Twitter's next round of cash has been a subject of much blogging and speculation and scrambling around trying to get the scoop.  I haven't been doing any of that, frankly.
I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Early Adopters: Attention Is Migrating to FriendFeed  —  Based on the reaction to a recent post about Twitter early adopters, it's clear there's an appetite to understand when trends emerge and applications migrate across the technology adoption lifecycle.  —  To that end, there are important updates about FriendFeed.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Golden Years of Television Find New Life on the Web  —  Is there still money to be made from “Matlock”?  —  Within the last few months, television distributors have opened up their libraries of classic content online, making thousands of episodes of programs like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” available free.
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Digg
Foxconn to assemble 3G iPhones with shipments to total 24-25 million units, says paper  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reportedly landed orders for the assembly of second-generation iPhones from Apple supporting 3G, with shipments to begin in June this year …
Discussion: Engadget
Adobe discontinues GoLive  —  Adobe on Monday announced that its venerable visual Web site creation tool GoLive has been discontinued.  The company has ceased development and sales of GoLive effective Monday, April 28, 2008.  —  GoLive started life as CyberStudio, an early What You See Is What You Get …
Discussion: MacUser
Grand Theft Auto receives acclaim  —  Highly-anticipated video game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) IV has received a string of near-perfect reviews ahead of its worldwide release on Tuesday.  —  The game is expected to break records for the fastest-selling game of all time and many shops are opening their doors at midnight for gamers.
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
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Bob Rudis / The Apple Blog:
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Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Cartoons of a Racist Past Lurk on YouTube
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Aggregation Wins - Not So Fast
Discussion: broadstuff
Jennifer Guevin / CNET
EU launches second test satellite for Galileo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD launches ‘business class’ Phenom, Athlon chips
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Users Demand Expertise at How-To Web Sites
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Demotes News Feed Preferences
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Why Sharing is Great
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumors: Apple working on iTunes controller for iPhone